A letter written by George Washington sold at auction this week for $9,500, says the Cumberland Sentinel. After what the paper calls a "bidding war," Maryland farmer Carl Brady came out on top. The letter, which dates from December of 1786, was written to Washington's neighbor Leven Powell, and concerns Mt. Vernon's buckwheat crop.
Among the losing bidders was Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (to which, of course, the seller probably ought to have donated the letter in the first place, but we won't go there today).